Bill Haley and the Comets, Rock Around the Clock!

Part 14 of my youtube favorites countdown clicks off another rung, this time with Bill Haley and the Comet’s Rock Around the Clock!  This live clip, from 1956, features Bill and his band absolutely shredding their iconic classic with total disregard for the world they were changing.  Considered one of the first true songs of rock and roll, to me, Rock Around the Clock seems like one of those songs you sell your to the devil to come up with.  Its the type of song they put on space probes in case aliens find it and want to know what our culture is all about.  Its just a perfect rock and roll song.  The song trucks along at a blazing rock and roll and pace, features lyrics that suggest a timeless repetition of fun, all performed by a man criminally underrated in the history of rock.  Bill Haley rules,  the Comets rule, and if humanity’s salvation is ever in question, this song serves as proof that it might be worth keeping the whole shebang.

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